Interview with Rich Schinnell, conducted on February 29, 2004 in Rockville, Maryland, for the BBS Documentary. The interview centered around early IBM PC-compatible user groups and hardware of the 1982 period, including the early compaqs, IBMs, and the challenges of software and usage of them. Also discussed philosophy of sharing software, profiting from public domain software, tyrranical sysops, and PC-TALK/RBBS. There is one drop-out in the last third of the interview, a one-second loss of sound.
September 5, 2022 Subject:
Some great stories from way back when
Another solid interview with one of the more senior interviewees, meaning we get a lot more detail from the '70s and early '80s than most people would give.
I love about this guy is that he is still pretty hardcore computer user even at this age and was even more hardcore back in the day. Took part in writing some of the protocols I imagined used by plenty of people and running a pretty big board for the day, probably one of the first PC boards in the country.
Nothing too groundbreaking though in the conversations although his voice I swear I've heard in movies and documentaries in the past. He just has one of those smooth relaxed voices that you could listen to all day long.